Resigning French midfielder Paul Pogba, Manchester United pays a record 89 million Pound Sterling, surpassing the 85 million Pounds Real Madrid paid Tottenham for Wales forward Gareth Bale in 2013. The 23-year-old midfielder returns after four years away, having left United for Juventus for 1.5 million Pounds in 2012. According to BBC, United will pay the Italian champion 105m Euros for Pogba, plus 5 million Euros in performance-related bonuses and other costs, including 5 Million Euros if Pogba signs a new contract.
Pogba has won 38 caps for France and the Serie A title with Juventus four times . Paul Pogba said “the time is right to go back to Old Trafford” after completing his world-record £89m transfer to Manchester United. Pogba, who signed a five-year deal, added: “This is the right club for me to achieve everything I hope to.” Manager Jose Mourinho said the France international could be “the heart of the club” for the next decade.
The announcement was made by United just after 00:30 BST on Tuesday, with a glossy video showing the player – with a red devil marked into his hair – emerging from the shadows. It was followed by a series of sponsor videos, including one with English rapper and grime artist Stormzy, whose most successful song to date is ‘Shut Up’.
This story first appeared in the blog, The Sport Intern. The editor is Karl-Heinz Huba of Lorsch, Germany. He can be reached at ISMG@aol.com. The article is reprinted here with permission of Huba.